CSCP 5 Minute Briefing - Preventing Radicalisation in Cumbria

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CSCP 5 minute briefing

Preventing Radicalisation in Cumbria

Since July 2015 the Counter Terrorism and Security Act gave specified authorities a legal duty to have 'due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism'.

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What is Prevent?

The threat we face from terrorism is real, and the Prevent strategy recognises that we cannot arrest our way out of the problem.  The Prevent strategy aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

The focus of Prevent is on the significant threat posed by international terrorism and those in the UK who are inspired by it.  It is also concerned with reducing  threats, risks and vulnerabilities posed by domestic extremists such as those from the far right and far left, extreme animal rights activists and those involved in Northern Irish related terrorism. 

Prevent is supported by three objectives:

  • Ideology; responding to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it
  • Individuals; preventing people from being drawn into terrorism and make sure that they are given appropriate advice and support
  • Institutions; working with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation which we need to address.

What is Channel?

The multi-agency approach to protect people at risk from radicalisation is called Channel, and is chaired by Sarah Joyce, Safeguarding Adults Service Manager; and Lisa Handley, Service Manager Children & Families. The Channel process is voluntary, and anyone involved; parents / guardians must give consent to participate.

The Channel process takes place in the pre-criminal space. This uses existing collaboration between local authorities, statutory partners (such as the education and health sectors, social care, children and youth services, specialist youth service and offender management services), the police and the local community to: 

  • identify individuals at risk of radicalisation or involvement in terrorism 
  • assess the nature and extent of that risk 
  • develop the most appropriate support plan for the individuals concerned.

Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults from radicalisation and involvement in terrorism

Vulnerable people, including children, young people and adults can be exploited by people who seek to involve them in terrorism or activity in support of terrorism.

In Cumbria, this exploitation is recognised by all partners, including the Police as a potential safeguarding issue. Guidance has been produced for all professionals working with children and adults for whom there are concerns that they are vulnerable and at risk of becoming involved in violent extremist activity.

This guidance can be found on the Cumbria Safeguarding Children Partnership website, and applies to both adults and children. 


If you are worried about anyone who is at risk of being radicalised by people who are involved in, or support, terrorism please contact:

  • in an emergency, dial 999
  • Anti-Terror Hotline - 0800 789 321

If you consider anything to be suspicious or connected with terrorism, contact Cumbria Police on the non-emergency number 101

Other useful information and case studies can be found here

Home Office e-learning:

Prevent Referrals

Channel Awareness